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Wristpin last won the day on December 5 2022

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  1. Valve job not too difficult but a valve spring compressor will make life easier. Bigger issue is the lack of access around the engine so the choice is to remove the engine or the tin work around it. I would do the latter and leave the lump in situ. Saves fighting with belts and pulleys etc.
  2. That’s a Magnetron ( electronic, no points) coil. Setting the air gap by the book - turn the flywheel to move the magnets away from the coil.Loosen the coil bolts and pull it away from the flywheel, tighten one. Turn the flywheel so that the magnets are under the coil armature legs. Insert your non magnetic gauge between the coil legs and the flywheel. Loosen th holding bolt so that the magnets pull the coil to the flywheel. Tighten both bolts and rotate the flywheel while pulling the gauge out. The gauge. I remember that instruction sheet supplied with new genuine coils can be used as a gauge. I use a strip of plastic cut from a milk carton.
  3. On E10 fuel that’s been around a while? Fresh E5 for all my kit and a dash of BS Fuel Fresh in the can before visiting the pump. Aerosol spray of GT85 in my favourite general rescue spray. Your machine looked like a Lawnflite 504/505 , so if on its original engine it could be a bit overdue for a valve job when you’ve got nothing better to do.
  4. Well, one further suggestion, Chester Hudson but no sure whether he’s still around. One of the “ characters” in this neck of the woods.
  5. Hi, Stormin. I was going to suggest that you try Mike Hitchins at Guy Parts and Service but I’ve since discovered that all the various links to his web addresses appear to be broken . Can only assume that he’s no longer in business. Edit. Just been informed that the company has been dissolved .
  6. Seems that they are available in the US - several on eBay with appropriate postage and duty etc. Very long shot, have you investigated whether there is any cross over with motorcycle parts. Edit.Belated after thought. Have you tried OEM importers / distributors for other manufacturers using Kawasaki engines ? Going back to when I sold machines using Kawa engines , it was often easier to get parts through the OEM than the official Kawa channel .
  7. It’s a horrid job needing strong fingers. Just stripped and rebuilt a couple of Siba starters on Villiers F12s. Strong old springs. Nearly there and it jumps out and wraps around your arm like a demented snake ! Villiers own starter on the same engine jus winds in from outside. Why can’t they all be like that?
  8. This is the best I can find - may be what you have. https://www.dropbox.com/s/t38hv0y8fjacgvp/Briggs 170000 throttle and governor control0001.pdf?dl=0
  9. None of my manuals are very helpful as none has a clear illustration of what I remember as being the setup on an Osprey. I will scan and post the nearest 1707** images that may just assist a bit. Looks like no outdoor work to day so will do that this pm.
  10. Same as “ clatting” in Lincolnshire and parts of Romney Marsh .
  11. There’s just a chance that Jon Cruse at the Hailsham Mower Centre May be able to assist. He specialises in “new old stock” from closed businesses etc.
  12. Dealt with Meetens since the late seventies when they were in Coombe Lane , Wimbledon; for parts and re-bores etc. Always good service and advice. In those days the phone was often answered by the redoubtable Miss Childs who was the proverbial encyclopaedia of all things Villiers . Let on that you thought that you should be talking to a chap and your card was very politely marked. A sad sign of the passing years. Best wishes to Paul. PS. Should add that I’ve heard that L&S Engineers are taking over Meeten’s stock.
  13. Looks to me as though it should be left just as it is. Would hate to see it “ restored”.
  14. That’ll warm you up, at least twice!
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